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Ashtabhandam in Hinduism – Astabandam during Idol installation Ceremony in Hindu Religion

Ashtabhandam is the mixture of eight materials that are used to fix the Murti (image or idol) of a Hindu deity in the sanctum sanctorum of a temple or at sacred place. Astabandam is performed to the main murti in a temple or to those idols of Hindu deities that are fixed permanently. Eight different items form part of the mortar that is used in Ashtabhandam.The eight items that are part of Ashtabhandam are:Powdered conchPowdered Terminalia Anjana (Kadukka)Powdered Chenchalyam or gum secreted from country pinePowdered gravel rockPowdered river sandPowdered dry phyllanthus Emblica – Amla or gooseberry treePowdered kol arakku or country lacCotton used for making sacred threadThese eight items are mixed to make a thick solution that is used to fix the murti.
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Book on Kumbha Mela – India’s Ageless Festival

Kumbha: India's ageless festival is a book based on the Kumbh Mela of Hinduism. Kumbha Mela is held once in 12 years. In 2010 Kumbha Mela will be held in Haridwar in Uttarakhand in India. This book is written by Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi and was first published in 1955. It is published by Bhavan’s and you can also buy the book online. The book was recently republished by Bhavan’s. The Kumbha Mela – India’s Ageless Festival gives a vivid description of the Kumbha Mela festival. A description of the sadhus and saints who take part in the mela, the history of the mela and some of the important legends associated with it. The book also talks about the fakes and frauds that the authors came across in the Kumbha Mela they attended. The book is a good guide for people who wants to learn about Kumbh Mela and to participate in it. Kumbha: India's ageless festival
Written by Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi
Published by Bhavan's - you can buy it online here.
No of Pages: 256
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Basant Panchami 2016 date – Basant Panchami Festival in 2016

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panjami, is a Hindu festival which heralds the arrival of spring season. ‘Vasant’ or ‘Basant’ means spring. Vasant Panchami 2016 date is February 12 in western parts of India. It is on February 13, 2016 in North and Eastern parts of India. It is also the day when Saraswati Puja is performed several parts of India especially in North and Eastern parts of India. Another specialty of Basant Panchami is the importance given to yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love. Shradh is also performed in many regions in the day.

Basant Panchami festival is celebrated mainly in North India and it celebrates the arrival of Basant ritu or Vasant season. There is no major legend or scriptural story associated with Vasant Panchami in Hinduism. But in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that among the seasons he is the ‘Basant.’

A major Hindu ritual on the day is the Saraswati Puja dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of art and learning. Special programs are…

Importance of Poush Month or Paush Mahina

Poush Month, or Paush Mahina, is the 10th month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. As per the traditional Gujarati calendar it is the third month. The month is mostly dedicated to spiritual activities. In some regions auspicious events are avoided. The famous Dhanur Masa coincides with the Paush month in many regions.

In North India, the period beginning from Paush Shukla Paksha to end of Magh Krishna Paksha is considered as Khar Mas or inauspicious period. The last day or the Paush Purnima marks the beginning of the Magh Snan.

Not much great importance is given to this month in many parts of western India – except that it is the Dhanur Masam.

In Tamil Nadu, the Margali Masam falls during the Pushya period. The month is dedicated to various rituals and pujas including Pavai Nombu and the rendering of Tiruppavai by Andal. Hanuman Jayanti is also observed on the Amavasi day in the month.

For many people in South India, this is…